Libyan army arrests former bin Laden driver Abu Sufian bin Qumu in Derna

Bin Qumu, 59, is considered one of the most prominent leaders of al-Qaeda, where he emigrated from the country after leaving his regular work in the Libyan state in the early 1980s.

A senior military source told Al Arabiya English Libyan armed forces have arrested Abu Sufian bin Qumu on Saturday during a raid on one of the last strongholds of the extremist groups in Derna.

The source said that He said that bin Qumu was arrested after his group ran out of ammunition while resisting outside their hideout.

Bin Qumu, 59, is considered one of the most prominent leaders of al-Qaeda, where he emigrated from the country after leaving his regular work in the Libyan state in the early 1980s. He arrived in Afghanistan through Sudan and trained in al-Qaeda camps before becoming one of the most prominent leaders in al-Qaeda and took part in many battles.

During Osama bin Laden's time in Sudan, bin Qumu was his personal driver and associated with most of the organization's symbols and leaders before he was arrested by US forces who then transferred him to Guantanamo prison at the beginning of the last decade until he was extradited to Libya in 2007 where he continued his jail time at the Abu Salim prison.

In 2011, he managed to escape from prison during the fall of Tripoli at the hands of rebels, to return to his hometown of Derna where he established the Ansar al-Sharia extremist group. But for the past seven years, he was one of the leading figures in the shadow of extremist groups in Libya and was not prominent.

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